In this blind microphone shootout we compared four of John Peluso‘s large diaphragm tube condenser mics: the P12, the 2247 SE, the P67, and the 22 251. These four mics are clones of the venerable C12, U47, U67 and 251 respectively, which are four of the most sought after microphones for vocal recordings and many other studio applications.

First you’ll hear the four mics solo’d and completely dry, then we’ll bring them into a loose mix for some context.

All four mics were run through our Phoenix DRS8 preamp modules and our Apogee Symphony converter.

We’d like to extend a huge thank you to singer-songwriter Jennifer Claude for helping us make this video. Definitely check her out at

Can you tell which mic is which? Does a winner stand out to you?

Once you’re ready for the answers, shoot us an email at, or give us a call at (919) 682-5552 (you can also reach out to us on Facebook).  Also, every mic in this shootout is available for our Try Before You Buy demo program, so you can do some testing for yourself with no obligation to purchase.



The Contenders

Peluso P12 Multipattern Tube Microphone

Peluso 2247 SE AMERICAN Switchable Pattern Tube Microphone

Peluso P-67 Switchable Pattern Tube Microphone


Peluso 22 251 Switchable Pattern Tube Microphone

Why Do We Do Our Shootouts Blind?

Good question! In our own experience as recording engineers and musicians, we’ve found we have unconscious biases that favor one microphone, preamp, instrument, etc. over another based merely on preconceptions and brand associations. We’re often surprised at the results and want to present that same unbiased listening opportunity for you.

Also, we hope you request the hi-res files, because YouTube compression affects the audio considerably. And, last but not least, we want to help you purchase the right gear for your exact needs and setup. This is a shootout on one specific recording application, and it can give you some great info, but the devil is in the details! We specialize in the details and are here to assist you with your choice.